2019-2020 Biology (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Biology
Program: Biology (BA)
Department Chair: iarsov
Department Assessment Coordinator: gmcneil
Program Coordinator:
Completed by: gmcneil
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/12/13 13:42:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

The Biology BA program provides in-depth knowledge of the science of life, from molecular biology to ecology. Students develop ability to critically analyze information, to make connections among different areas of biology and to communicate their ideas effectively to the scientific community. Students also acquire critical laboratory skills and learn how to design and perform experiments and to analyze experimental results to test a hypothesis. The Biology BA program is also designed to offer students a possibility to extensively explore their interests in liberal arts, such as fine arts, humanities or social sciences. Our department fosters a multi-cultural, experiential learning environment helping our students to develop into creative and critical individuals and provides excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers, including graduate programs in biological sciences, medical and dental schools, or teaching.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Students have basic technical laboratory skills to collect and analyze data using appropriate statistical methods.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students design an experiment, identifying variables of analysis and appropriate controls to test a hypothesis or model using appropriate laboratory techniques.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

BIO201, BIO300s, BIO487

Sample Size

Undecided

Measure

Oral Presentation

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Students will be able to apply scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students have basic technical lab skills to collect and analyze data using appropriate statistical methods.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Technological Competency

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

BIO300s, BIO400s

Sample Size

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Students will be able to apply scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students apply appropriate lab technique and demonstrate protocol understanding and proficiency

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Technological Competency

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

BIO300s, BIO400s

Sample Size

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 4

Program Goal

Students will be able to apply scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students identify appropriate common statistical methods to analyze data, including measures of significance

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Technological Competency

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

BIO300s, BIO400s

Sample Size

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Rationale for the Plan

We have chosen the above PGs/PSLOs in order for our students to develop essential skills required for any biologist, including the ability to design experiments, to collect raw data and to perform statistical analysis of results. Development of these skills should also help students understand research laboratory work flow and appreciate scientific methodology, research integrity, collaboration and the critical role of research in today’s society. The PGs/PSLOs are also design to stimulate Intellectual Discovery and Creativity and help students develop technical lab skills required in research.

Data Collection and Evaluation

The data will be collected at the end of both Fall and Spring semesters and the department’s assessment committee will evaluate, analyze and interpret the data for the academic year. The results will be presented to the department chair and discussed with the entire faculty to develop an action plan for the following academic year.

Faculty members collecting data for the following PLSOs: PLSO 2.3: Dr. Gerard McNeil, Dr. Margaret MacNeil, Dr. Laura Beaton PLSO 3.1: Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil PLSO 3.2: Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil